Last week I week I got an email asking me to be an ambassador for the disCONNECT challenge. In light of my previous post on the all encompassing nature of the online world it was deemed that my readers and I may be up for the challenge to disconnect for 48 hours. My first reaction….”oh no I really don’t think that will be possible”. This is what it means:
No mobile phones
No ipod or head phones
FOR 48 HOURS! Yes a WHOLE weekend!
Even as I write this I am feeling a little nervous about my undertaking. I read on to discover that the date of the challenge is set for this weekend March 23rd to 25th. Mmmmm the weekend that I am without my husband. The weekend that I have to entertain my 5 children……without electronic devices!
What will we do? (yes it means the kids have to turn off too)
Talk? (fight) Read? (whinge) Play Games? (wrestle) Connect? (argue)
So…are you with me? Come on….it is sounding so much fun!
Now the fine print says you may change the days if they don’t suit, or just do 24 hours, or just disconnect from a few things…but the important things is to disCONNECT to get back to CONNECTING. And if you are super keen you can go all out and cut out cars, electricity etc …..but no, I will never be quite so noble.
We are not saying that being online is bad. Afterall you wouldn’t be privy to my weekly rambles if it wasn’t for the Internet. We are just saying that every now and then, it doesn’t hurt to turn off and get back to some good old fashioned face to face communication.
If you cannot disconnect you can go to this page and donate for a fabulous cause. All funds raised from the disCONNECT challenge will benefit Edmund Rice Camps, a network of NFP organisations that connect young volunteers to Aussie kids and families living in disadvantaged situations, through camps and recreational activities. What is unique about the camps and relevant to the challenge is that there is an equal ratio of campers to volunteers ensuring that campers receive one-on-one face time with camp counsellors. The camps operate throughout Australia.
Upon discussion with my children, believe it or not they were not entirely enthused by the idea. But, together we have come to a compromise and will do the challenge during the week rather than on the weekend. It will still be tough…possibly for all of us!
Let me know if you are going to give it a go and disconnect. I’d love to hear how you survived (or didn’t)!